Jazz FM Programmes on BBC Music Jazz

Jazz FM has once again collaborated with the BBC to create BBC Music Jazz - a four day pop up Digital Radio station over the first weekend of the EFG London Jazz Festival that highlights some of the greatest jazz broadcasting and live concerts.

You can listen to it via DAB and on the BBC iPlayer Radio App - links on how and where can be found below, but in the meantime, you can find out about the programmes that Jazz FM have produced for BBC Music Jazz.  

Some are special editions of your favourite's, some are programmes that have aired before here on Jazz FM and some have been created specially for this unique collaboration by our team of producers.

Come back after the 14th November and there will be a link to each programme on the iPlayer, where you can enjoy them up to 30 days after their original transmission.

Thursday 10th November

The Performance Series with Ruth Fisher
1200-1300

In jazz, the performance is everything. The music is the moment, and The Performance Series from Jazz FM puts performance at the centre. This special edition of the programme highlights music recorded exclusive for BBC Music Jazz including many live recordings and some exclusive sessions recorded over time here at Jazz FM. (You can hear the Performance Series with Ruth Fisher every Monday night at 6pm on Jazz FM.)

TransAtlantic Jazz with Marcus Miller
1800-1900

An entire hour focusing on new and classic American jazz from the other side of the pond hosted by one of the US jazz scenes finest – GRAMMY award winning composer, arranger, producer and Bassist Marcus Miller who has himself performed with many of those you’ll hear in the show. (You can hear TransAtlantic Jazz with Marcus Miller every Wednesday night at 6pm on Jazz FM.)

Hail Quincy! – The Mentoring Dude
2200-2300

Quincy Jones puts an extraordinary amount of effort into being a mentor to new and upcoming musicians. British Drummer Ollie Howell is one of those who has been taken under his wing, and in this programme, specially commissioned for BBC Music Jazz by Jazz FM as part of 'Quincy Night', he celebrates the music of those as fortunate as him over the year, including wunder-kid of 2016 Jacob Collier and jazz pianist Alfredo Rodriguez.

Friday 11th November

Neil ‘n’ Dud – The Other Side of Dudley Moore (Repeat) 0100-0200


A repeat from Jazz FM and BBC Music Jazz 2015.

Neil Cowley is an award winning jazz musician. He is also Dudley Moore’s number one fan. Dudley was known mainly for his comedy and movie career, but actually, he was more at home in-front of a piano. This is another chance to hear Neil Cowley’s revealing and personal insight into his hero, featuring music from Dudley’s many album releases plus anecdotes and stories alongside a good dollop of humour. The programme also includes exclusive audio from an interview between Dudley and Jazz FM founder Dave Lee recorded for Christmas Day in 1990.

True Brit with Helen Mayhew
1800-1900

Jazz FM’s Helen Mayhew presents an hour in celebration of the great British jazz scene. Be it UK born and bred artists, or those from the four corners of the globe that have shaped this thriving scene today that sees more jazz consumed than ever before. (You can hear True Brit with Helen Mayhew every Thursday night at 6 on Jazz).

Joe Stilgoe’s Jazz On Film
2200-2300

Following his acclaimed UK tour and residency at this year’s Edinburgh festival, musician Joe Stilgoe looks at celluloid jazz, from the golden era of black and white Hollywood movies to the recent Miles Ahead film, all via a famous movie car chase in San Fran.  Especially commissioned and produced by Jazz FM for BBC Music Jazz, this programme also features and exclusive performance for the Joe Stilgoe Trio, recreating one of the most famous jazz musical moments of all time.

Saturday 12th November

Ella at the Royal Albert Hall
0100-0200

A repeat from Jazz FM and BBC Music Jazz from 2015
It was way back in 1990 when we launched in London on 102.2 FM.  At the time, we celebrated with the legendary Ella Fitzgerald who came to London to perform three sell out nights at the Royal Albert Hall to launch the station. Featuring the Count Basie Orchestra of the time, this is your chance to hear, once again, the concert is presented by Chris Philips who introduced Ella on stage back then for the very concert.

The Blueprint with Chris Philips
1800-1900

#TheBlueprint is Chris Philips’ maraud through new jazz heat, grooves and free sounds. Nocturnal emissions on a discovery ride through new releases and ear opening archive selections. (You can hear The Blueprint with Chris Philips every Saturday night at 10 on Jazz FM )

Hail Cleo! - Dame Cleo’s Collection
2200-2300

As a continuation of the BBC Music Jazz celebratory night of Dame Cleo Laine as the first lady of British jazz, her granddaughter, singer Emily Dankworth, sits down with Dame Cleo in a specially commissioned programme by Jazz FM to explore her personal record collection. Through the discoveries, we’ll hear the stories behind the choices and why they are so special, including some choices that helped shape Dame Cleo’s own career, both as an artist in her own right, and as a partnership with her late husband, Sir John Dankworth.

Sunday 13th November

David Bowie – Jazz Genie
1100-1200

Hosted by Neil Cowley, 'David Bowie: Jazz Genie' is a special one hour programme broadcast on Jazz FM days after Bowies untimely death in January of this year, that looks of the profound impact that David Bowie had on music and popular culture as a whole and the influence of Bowie on generations of jazz musicians and in turn look at the influence jazz had over Bowie’s music. Guests on the show include GRAMMY® winner Robert Glasper, drummer Dylan Howe, vocalist Ian Shaw, Maria Schneider, talking about when she worked with Bowie in 2014 with her orchestra and Mike Garson who is Bowie's pianist on 18 different albums including Aladdin Sane - he talks about Bowie's love of Jazz and also about the avant garde piano solo he plays on Aladdin Sane. Bowie was a long time jazz fan and saxophonist himself - reportedly, aged 14, he couldn’t decide if he wanted, "to be a rock’n’roll singer or John Coltrane."

Somethin’ Else with Jez Nelson
1800-1900

Jez was a Jazz FM original with Chris Philips, Helen Mayhew and many more back in 1990.  He left to join Radio 3, but returned to Jazz FM earlier this year after nearly 20 years presenting "Jazz On Three".  In his special edition of the programme Somethin’ Else, Jez retruns to the BBC with the programme he brings together every Sunday night, with music choices that are musically eclectic and open minded, discovering and sharing great sounds, both old and new.  (You can hear Somethin' Else with Jez Nelson every Sunday night at 10 on Jazz)

Don Cheadle plays Miles Davis
2200-2300

Hollywood star and Academy Award winning producer and nominated Actor Don Cheadle has been in many movies. But in 2016 he wrote, directed and starred in Miles Ahead – the loose biopic of the legendary jazz musician Miles Davis. In this special programme, originally aired in the Somethin' Else with Jez Nelson Sunday night slot, Don rifles through a selection of Miles albums as he chooses his favourite tracks from across the years, explaining to Jez why.